12 tips to improve your Conversational Mandarin in Singapore
Here are the 12 tips to improve your conversational Mandarin:
- Talk to the locals & neighbours. More than 70% of Singaporeans speak Mandarin. It’s time to practice what you have learned and immerse yourself in the local Chinese culture.
- Read loudly and clearly. Use your listening ability to potentially strengthen your memory and correct the pronunciation – you will find it much better than reading silently.
- Study at least 15mins daily. Spend a little time each day in learning a new language. Not once a week! You can learn and review when taking train, eating your meal, or queuing in line & ect.
- Gesture for Tone. When learning the four Pinyin Tones, use your hand to draw a line similar to the shape of the tone so as to rectify pronunciation.
- Find a Chinese Pal. Talk and practice with him/her.
- Bedtime review. Some people found that review to five minutes before going to sleep can enhance memory. This review should not be time-consuming and not suitable at midnight.
- Pinyin-free Reading, such as simple Chinese tabloids or news. When reading text block the Pinyin above – what you’re doing is to understand the meaning of the sentences, not the pronunciation. Develop these habits will make your future learning easier.
- Watch local Chinese drama and listen to local Chinese radio.
- Karaoke with your Chinese fiends and learn to sing some Chinese songs.
- Learn from qualified and experienced Chinese language teachers. In our school, all teachers’ major is teaching Chinese and they have more than 3 years teaching experience in average. We will help you to improve your conversational Mandarin in an easier and fun way. you will not only learn how to speak Chinese but also acquire much knowledge about Chinese culture and life experience.
- Join a group Mandarin course. Learn from professional teachers with peer support. In this way, you will progress faster and won’t give up easily.
- Shop and eat at Chinatown in Singapore, where people only converse in Mandarin. It’s the best place for you to practice what you have learned, and build up your fluency and confidence.